New “asymmetric” BlackBerry patent surfaces

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2.jpgAnd this is one to get excited about. Russ over at BBHub provides us with this this morning, a patent showing a BlackBerry device with a … protruding corner? Interesting. The purpose of this “outwardly protruding corner” is designed for better “ergonomic fit with a headset.” They’re always thinking at RIM, aren’t they? Check out the patent’s tell-all abstract (and the rest of it’s majesty) after the jump.

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“An improved handheld electronic device includes a case having an asymmetry provided by an outwardly protruding corner. The handheld electronic device includes an earphone disposed at the outwardly protruding corner. The positioning of the earphone allows a user to rapidly locate the with respect to the user’s ear.

“Additionally, by positioning the earphone at a protruding corner of the handheld electronic device, the protruding corner can be positioned at an inner location of the user’s outer ear, which is more comfortable to the user than positioning the handheld electronic device atop the outer ear. The earphone is offset from a main axis of the handheld electronic device in a direction generally toward the side of the handheld electronic device on which the outwardly protruding corner is disposed.”

There really isn’t too much to say except ask what you folks think of this. A picture speaks a thousand words? I think it speaks more now as it’s taken my words away. I’m intrigued as all get-out. You can check out the rest of the patent here.

  • Ed Caldwell

    Is there anything these RIM folks won’t try to patent? First RF interference reduction for other manufacturers (laughable at best, as if another manufacturer would pay a royalty to counter the interference from the poorly designed BB transceiver), and now moving the speaker is a “new, original and ornamental innovation” (ala http://www.uspto.gov/web/offices/pac/doc/general/index.html#ptsc)? What’s next, trying to patent a cellphone with a speaker and microphone?

  • Ed Caldwell

    Is there anything these RIM folks won’t try to patent? First RF interference reduction for other manufacturers (laughable at best, as if another manufacturer would pay a royalty to counter the interference from the poorly designed BB transceiver), and now moving the speaker is a “new, original and ornamental innovation” (ala http://www.uspto.gov/web/offices/pac/doc/general/index.html#ptsc)? What’s next, trying to patent a cellphone with a speaker and microphone?